McCartney to Write Original Songs for Animated Feature Directed by Tony Bancroft LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/30/13 -- RGH Entertainment, a subsidiary of Rubicon Group Holding (RGH) (Postman Pat: The Movie, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus) and Unique Features (Dogs of War, French Lessons) are partnering to bring Sir Paul McCartney's High in the Clouds to the silver screen in 3D. The partnership was jointly announced today by Randa Ayoubi, CEO of RGH, and Unique Features partners Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye.
RGH has amassed a strong collaboration of leading producers, marketers, composers and writers to develop the feature film project, which is based on the children's book about a squirrel's quest to find a fabled animal sanctuary called Animalia, written by McCartney, Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh.
McCartney will compose a number of original songs for the film, Tony Bancroft (Bunyan & Babe, Mulan) will direct the feature from a screenplay adapted from the book by Josh Klausner (Shrek Forever After, Date Night).
Evolution, the exclusive consumer products agency for RGH, will spearhead the global licensing and merchandising campaign for the film.
"It's a great privilege for us at RGH to be bringing this endearing and entertaining tale to the big screen in 3D. Working with Unique Features, we hope to translate High in the Clouds into a memorable movie experience and launch a franchise to be enjoyed by children and families for many generations," said Ayoubi.
Michael Lynne, on behalf of Bob Shaye & Michael Lynne and Unique Features, said: "We know how special this project is for Sir Paul and how excited he is to be a part of this wonderful, creative collaboration. We look forward to working with RGH and the entire creative team to help realize all of our ambitions for High in the Clouds."
"Sir Paul McCartney is a masterful storyteller whose lyrics and music have captured our imaginations for over half a century. I am thrilled to be a part of his latest creative effort and look forward to working with our talented teams in Los Angeles, Amman and Manila to create a film worthy of the McCartney legacy," said David Corbett, executive producer of the film.
"High in the Clouds is a passion project for me. I am thrilled to be working in partnership with Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett at RGH, and David Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye of Unique Features. Working with the highly creative talent at these companies together with Josh Klausner and Tony Bancroft, we will be able to create a warm, funny and moving animated film that will resonate with worldwide audiences," said McCartney.
High in the Clouds is being produced by Unique's Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye, with RGH's Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett serving as executive producers. The film will be released in 3D CGI stereoscopic.
About RGH RGH (Rubicon Group Holding) is a diversified entertainment company devoted to the creation of incomparable entertainment experiences and interactive educational content across all media channels. RGH has a team of 400 employees in four locations: Amman (Jordan), Los Angeles (United States), Manila (Philippines) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Together, RGH's world class team collaborates to provide a unique perspective into the realization of compelling digital content and immersive entertainment.
Combining award winning creative and cutting-edge technology, RGH has an established reputation for innovation in four distinct business segments: Productions, Themed Entertainment, Games and Education. Our products and services are critically acclaimed by the industries' experts: RGH's Pink Panther and Pals series, co-produced with MGM, won four Kidscreen Awards in 2011; RGH's Trashers iOS App won the 148Apps "Best Kids Game 2011" award. www.rubiconholding.com | www.rghentertainment.com | www.rghgames.com | www.rghthemedentertainment.com | www.rgheducation.com
About Unique Features Unique Features is an independent company that was launched in 2008 by Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne, who together built New Line Cinema into an industry powerhouse. The company is currently developing and producing a slate of film projects, in addition to HIGH IN THE CLOUDS, including DOGS OF WAR based on an original screenplay by David McKenna; MIDDLE EARTH, based on an original screenplay by Angus Fletcher; SAILING TO BYZANTIUM, based on the award-winning novella by Robert Silverberg; FRENCH LESSONS, based on the successful novel by Ellen Sussman; as well as a remake of the Japanese thriller RETALIATION (1968) in a co-production with the Japanese studio Nikkatsu, to be written by Lane Shadgett. In television, the company is developing an original television series for Showtime with Bennett Miller and Kristin Gore and is working with The History Channel on an event mini-series based on the epic WWII nonfiction bestseller THE LIBERATOR, written by Alex Kershaw to be adapted by Jeb Stuart. Other television projects includes a series based on the international best seller CHARIOTS OF THE GODS written by Erich von Daniken; and a series entitled OLD FRIENDS based on original material written by award winning novelist Arthur Phillips to be produced in partnership with Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.
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